Virginie Arakelian is a mixed media Syrian-Armenian artist, a painter, a graphic and web designer. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts (Visual Communications Department), University of Damascus in 2007. She is currently living in Orlando, Florida.
At college she had the chance to indulge more into different aspects of arts, learning more about her Armenian culture, arts and artists, studying ancient history manuscripts and ornamental art she started morphing and reshaping them into a modern style, and eventually including them in her paintings and mixed media artwork.
She has participated in art shows and competitions throughout the southeastern United States like Winter Park Autumn Festival show, Masters of Disney Show and Uptown art expo show. Her work appears in galleries in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Philadelphia.
Some of her awards in the United States include, the Honourable mention award at Orlando museum of art, Fl. 2016. The Honourable mention award at Orlando museum of art, Fl. 2015. And Best Local artist award. Baterbys art gallery. Orlando, Fl. 2014.
Shows & Exhibitions
Some of the exhibitions:
2017- 4th Annual Experience Contemporary Exhibit, Casselberry Art House, Orlando FL.
2017- Echoes Of The Soul Exhibition, at Enterprise Heritage Center & Museum, Orlando FL.
2017- Live painting performance with "Helena" singing group at Timucua White House, Orlando FL.
2013 - 2016 Art in Fall at the Hovnanian Gallery, New Milford, NJ.
2016- Cinco de Mayo show at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL.
2015- Pure Earth E-waste Art Auction at Gotham Hall in NYC.
2015- What in the world show at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL.
2015- Metiers Gala show, Orlando FL.
2014- Handmade Jewelry Collection début at the Hi Artonline gallery, Yerevan Armenia.
2012 & 2013 The 62nd & 63rd Annual ASA Artists’ Ball at ACA Gallery, Manhattan-NY.
2012- Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney, Orlando-FL.
2011- The small picture show at Gallery Z, Providence-Rhode Island.
Honorable mention award. 1st Th. Orlando museum of art, Orlando, Fl. 2016.
Honorable mention award. 1st Th. Orlando museum of art, Orlando, Fl. 2015.
Best Local artist award. Baterbys art gallery. Orlando, Fl. 2014.
A word from Virginie
Memories of Cities 2017
The morning sun rises on my beloved land, telling the story of a far away strand.
Radiating warmth holds my tears, wraps me up, calms my fear. Takes me back to a time held dear.
Family toasts, children’s laughter, jasmine blossoms and lemon trees fill my childhood memories.
Always colourful, always bright, your history full of might.
Rise from the ashes, retell your story of days past full of glory.
Walking through your sacred streets, harrowing voices fly with the wind,
screaming “forgive us beloved for we have sinned.”